Target: Sacramento, California legislators
Goal: Eliminate loophole within California’s foie gras ban
Although California has banned the sale and production of foie gras, on National Donut Day, the Campbell-based Psycho Donuts gave away pastries filled with foie gras mousse. This decision was met with outrage by animal rights activists and brought to light the troubling issue regarding the ban: it fails to outlaw the free distribution of the French delicacy.
Foie gras means “fatty liver” and is created by force-feeding duck and geese in order to enlarge their livers. The force-feeding process involves inserting a metal tube down the birds’ throats. They are unable to resist the feedings due to a nonexistent gag reflex. Feedings occur two to three times per day, consisting of up to one pound of dry corn feed. This increases the liver to at least six times its normal size, causing the birds to endure large amounts of internal pressure. This pressure has been known to cause immobility, ruptured livers, and suffocation due to regurgitation. Due to the cruelty of this process, Turkey, Israel, Italy, Britain, and Germany have banned foie gras.
California’s ban went into effect on July 1, 2012. However, Sacramento legislators failed to recognize a loophole within it. Restaurants are still allowed to prepare and serve foie gras as long as they do not charge customers. Due to this oversight, the ban has been impossible to enforce, and is widely regarded as a joke. The ban has also resulted in the mass purchasing and hoarding of foie gras, as it can be legally purchased outside of California. Furthermore, many of the restaurants that continue to serve foie gras are highly ranked, lending them greater influence over customers and how they view the legitimacy of the ban and the overall issue.
Restaurants will continue to serve foie gras as long as the ban remains as it is. By signing the petition below, you will help urge Sacramento legislators to revise the ban.
Dear Sacramento legislators,
California’s foie gras ban has been in effect for nearly one year. However, a loophole within the ban has made it ineffective and impossible to enforce. Restaurants have still been able to serve foie gras to customers as long as this dish is provided at no charge.
In order to see the change the ban was intended to create, this loophole must be removed. By acting quickly to rectify this problem, the restaurants of California will be able to take the ban seriously, eventually persuading other states to follow suit.
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